Editorial

Super Bowl stunts

Monday, February 9, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

There was a time in this great land when the Super Bowl halftime show featured Up With People, a relentlessly cheerful collection of well-scrubbed young people who wore matching polyester outfits and sang perky songs.

But the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, according to no less than Michael Powell, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, included a "classless, crass and deplorable stunt." He was referring, of course, to the "accidental" exposure of singer Janet Jackson's right breast. ...

As long as the FCC is looking into classless, crass and deplorable stunts, maybe it should call Pestalozzi Street about those Bud Lite commercials, too. Crotch jokes and equine flatulence to sell beer? The folks at Anheuser-Busch no doubt know their audience but ... ick.

These are hard words to write, but we miss Up With People.

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